This Fjallraven Varu Jacket has been constructed from the unique G-1000 Silent material, which gives the Varu a lightweight body and a genuinely ?swish-free? range of motion.
The jacket is resistant to the elements, thanks to the Hydratic lining, which allows wind & water protection, while allowing sweat to escape. This makes the jacket very warm and comfortable without getting clammy ? as can happen on a long stalk, especially when carrying deer back to the car.
The Varu features numerous pockets throughout ? the usual large front bellows pockets hold plenty of cartridges and they also have the ?hand? pocket built in behind, which is always a welcome feature.
There is also an internal zip pocket on the inside breast (which is nice and deep), another zip-up breast pocket on the outside of the zip, but under the storm flap, and two fleece lined hand-warmer pockets higher up on the outside of the jacket. These both have zip fastenings.
The bellows pockets feature elastic bullet holders inside them. One gripe I do have with these is that they are in just the right place for your fingers to slide into when you are trying to retrieve cartridges from the pockets. If you were to buy this jacket for mainly driven or clay shooting, you may well end-up cutting these out.
There is a clip-on radio holder ?patch? on the upper left chest, for attaching your radio to while out in the field.
The cuffs have an elasticated internal liner, with a thumb-hole, so you can use them as a form of half-glove, to ensure your wrists are fully insulated if you are wearing gloves. The cuffs themselves have the usual Velcro fastening.
The jacket comes without a hood, in a traditional style. And the collar is nice and high, although it could do with being a touch stiffer, to ensure it keeps the neck free from cold winds. I found myself pulling it up straight on several occasions.
Despite that, this jacket is very warm, completely wind resistant, yet breathable, and is very well cut – offering an excellent range of motion for shooting or taking a stalking shot.
There is easily room for layers underneath, yet it avoids that ‘baggy’ feel that can come with some other brands.
Weight-wise it’s not too heavy, and the seams feel strong and well-constructed, it will definitely provide years of service.
Fjallraven provide advice and instruction with the jacket on how to wax it, depending on weather conditions and actvities, if you should so desire.
The jacket is absolutely fine with me as it is, however.
Fjallraven Varu Jacket
– G-1000 Silent material
– Hydratic lining (Water & Wind proof)
– Instructional guide on how to correctly wax your Varu
– Radio holder
– Large front bellow pockets with bullet and cartridge holders